boys are sexually abused by the age of 18. every two minutes in the united states, somebody sexually assaulted. every nine seconds, a woman is beaten. more than three women are killed by an intimate partner. and everyday, five children die of abuse and neglect. , andtatistics went on then the letters came. at first there were a few, then there were more, than there were hundreds, and since then there have been thousands, oddly. -- sadly. women and men writing newsletters to me did not ask for an an autograph, a headshot, they just goes your stories for -- of abuse to me. majority of them had some version of the phrase, i have never told this to anyone. there i was, holding in my hands, the stories behind the statistics that i had just learned. there i was at work every day, having these issues pressed into my soul.